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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 11:16 PM

You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.co...-game-of-inches

"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:11 AM

His bat is almost parallel to the ground now instead of angled off. I don't see much change in the height of his hands. 2012 actually looks lower in relation to his helmet. Maybe it's just the angle of the shot, I'm not sure.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:23 AM

Although I clearly remember Bruno as a player, I had to go back and look at his coaching history. It's remarkable to realize that he has only been back in MLB and with the Twins since 2010. A lot of success stories in a short period of time.

Congrats to Ben Revere for "figuring it out" with the bat. I really didn't see this coming last year. Good for him.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:34 AM

Pre-load position depends on the individual (see Youkilis). Everyone's different.

More important is the hands position at the load (right before the swing occurs).

I believe Revere was talking about the hands position at load.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:00 AM

I remember tinkering with my hand position as a kid, and later as an adult in a batting cage. Small changes affect where the bat head comes through. One minute you're constantly missing, then with a small change you're hitting line drives right on the button.

I'm hoping that in AAA Brian Dozier will spot something like that in his batting stance, but mostly he needs to decompress and get his positive attitude back. He was feeling the pressure instead of applying it. You can't win with a defensive mindset, certainly not at the top level.

#6 Parker Hageman

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:05 AM

Pre-load position depends on the individual (see Youkilis). Everyone's different.

More important is the hands position at the load (right before the swing occurs).


Right, mechanically speaking getting his hands to the point when loading is ultimately a bigger factor in the overall swing. However, Revere's load point is basically the same as it was last year (he drops his hands to slightly below the letters before going towards the ball -- he also admitted in an earlier article that he was trying to minimize movement at that point as well).

In this case, where his moved his top hand higher in the pre-load, it is a case of getting his hands to the load point quickly (and in a more comfortable manner for him) and staying on top of the ball while trying to implement a more A-to-B swing rather than a looping version which caused him to get jammed.

I'll review some more video but I have not seeing a difference between load points.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:35 AM

Nice article, but I believe that Revere is only one one-thousandth of a point below Mauer.

#8 Parker Hageman

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:42 AM

Nice article, but I believe that Revere is only one one-thousandth of a point below Mauer.


Good catch. Thanks.